If we can some-up the Springbok performance against Australia then there are actually only one word, rubbish.
It is hard not to sound too critical but there are unfortunately no other word to describe what this Springbok team dished up on Saturday.
Do not even think one can rate any player on this test without insulting the way they disrespect the Springbok jersey by their lack laster performance in that second half, not that the first half was any better.
Since the first test in June against England this team seems not to be able to defend out wide. How many times do we still have to sit on a Saturday watching teams scoring try after try stretching us for space out wide?
If that is not enough we have to witness week after week our hookers not able to find the jumpers. It does not matter if it is due to the throwing from the hookers, jumping of the locks or a combination of it, it is unacceptable after 7 test. You cannot win test matches without a solid set pieces and lineouts are one of those set pieces that you need at test rugby.
Fourteen points was given to the Aussies on a plate, first from a rubbish kick by Faf De Klerk which was the old sickness of not being able to exit and the other by a poor lineout on the Boks goal line.
You just cannot give such easy points away in test match rugby and this is not the first time this season which makes it worst.
There was also some strange decision from Erasmus during the test as well. Taking Bongi off in the first half is one of it. I am all for it when a player get taken off if he does not rise to the occasion but then explain to me how you keep Faf De Klerk on the field for 80 minutes leaving Papier to warm the bench if he was one of the worst players on the field for the Springboks in this test?
Same can go for a few other players on the day….
There was a lot of talk about the bench and how they will make such a huge impact….I am still waiting for that impact.
Look Mtawarira has given a lot for Springbok rugby and he has been rewarded with more than a 100 test, but the time is right for the big man to call it a day on his international career.
The team actually got worst when he and Wilco Louw came on. The love affair with Louw also need to come to an end, he is just not good enough at this level.
The same can be said about Flo, there is no reason that he must keep promising players like Van Staaden out of this team anymore.
The two players that sparked the Boks during the English tour, De Klerk and Le Roux are playing the worst rugby we have seen them play in the last two test.
Their decision making and handling was just not good enough again, in-fact De Klerk form has not been great in this tournament.
Defence were not bad on the day and maybe the only positive. Except from the first try the Springboks defence was much better than against Argentina. They had a 97% tackle completion missing only three tackles.
Against a Aussie side that was missing some of their star players and not at good place we should have never lost this test and next week against the All Blacks looks like another dark day in the future of the Springboks.
Have no idea how you can turn two poor performances around against the world champions in one week but here is what Rassie Erasmus had to say after the match.
If you want to live through it again here is the match highlights for those who want to sear some more.